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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

September 5, 1957

Higher occupational license taxes seem likely for Whitesburg businessmen. Members of the City Council named a committee of councilmen Monday night to review the present tax setup and recommend changes in it. The occupational tax scale has not been revised since 1940.

The council acted in an effort to meet a $6,000 deficit faced by the city. Because of a change in Kentucky law, city taxes – formerly due in September – are not due now until January 1.

An estimated 22,000 persons were at the Labor Day Celebration of the United Mine Workers, District 30 at Jenkins, according to Bill Fleming, president of Jenkins Local 5741.

The Fleming Pirates have knocked the props from under Belfry’s title ambitions to leave only Jenkins and Hazard as definite contenders for the EKMC crown. Fleming defeated Belfry 7-6.

September 7, 1967

The City of Whitesburg is preparing a formal protest to the Kentucky Water Pollution Control Commission concerning the opening of a limestone quarry on Pert Creek just below High Rock of Pine Mountain. City officials fear the quarry, just being developed, will pollute the city’s water supply and destroy the effectiveness of a dam now being built on the North Fork of the Kentucky River near Whitesburg. The dam is designed to create a pool from which the city may draw water to supply the customers of the city water system.

Donald W. Webb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodford Webb of Premium, has been appointed as special assistant to Katherine Graham Peden in her work as a member of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. The 11-member panel was established a month ago by President Johnson to find causes for the recent civil riots and to recommend solutions for them.

T-bone steaks are $1.09 a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Swiss cheese is 79 cents a pound.

September 8, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

September 9, 1987

The Letcher County Fiscal Court must “strictly comply” with state orders on the Letcher County Landfill or face judicial penalties and fines which an engineer says could bankrupt the county government. In an agreed order with the state, the county is required to get the Millstone landfill into compliance with state standards and keep it in compliance. It also requires the fiscal court to pay a $75,000 surety bond which the county could forfeit if the landfill is not kept up as the state says it should be.

Police and federal agents are looking for a person or persons who attempted to blow up a county bridge on Colson. Police say someone stuffed dynamite into six drain holes in the piers of the Loves Branch bridge late on August 30. Police said the explosives were packed improperly and failed to collapse the bridge. Detectives say the force of the explosion blew out the ends of the open holes instead of destroying the piers.

Letcher County’s unemployment rate edged upward again during July to 17.4 percent.

September 10, 1997

A strike by 25 independent coal truck owners and drivers for an increase in hauling rates has ended. Kentucky May Coal Company officials and three truck owners have reached an agreement, and nine other truck owners have signed a contract with Kentucky May to haul coal at the increased rate of $4.90 per ton.

Whitesburg High School football coach Doug Chandler is retiring because of ill health. Chandler has been coaching football at Whitesburg for the past 25 years, the last seven as head coach.

Classes began Monday in Kentucky’s third and newest medical school, the Pikeville College’s School of Osteopathic Medicine.


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